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第十二節 Sec. 12

 Facing Yoritomo who promised a reward, Manju told all the truth, and asked for a pardon for her mother's life. Yoritomo was moved by Manju's desperate action, finally released Karaito. Being praised for her bravery and receiving various gifts, Manju returned hometown with her mother. The story came to a happy end.

 Karaito and Manju were together summoned in front of Yoritomo. Karaito shows no sign of a long suffering from the jail. Before them, there were various precious presents from all over Kamakura. Looking at the two, Yoritomo's face shown a mixed sullen expression and somehow profound.


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 Countless presents to Manju and her mother indicated a type of common understanding by the people back to the old days. The fact of a temptation in an assassination was long forgotten, instead, what was highlighted here is Manju's action to fulfill her filial piety and a determined resolution. On the other hand, the reason that Yoritomo had reached for not having Manju to stay in Kamakura was with a humor, or arguably shrewd.

Karaito Soshi, Waseda University Library

唐糸草紙(早稲田大学図書館蔵)第八段 Karaito Soshi, Waseda University Library, no. 8

Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library

唐糸草紙(国会図書館蔵)四十六ゥ Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library, 46b

第十二節 Sec. 12